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2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2012 BMW 3-Series

  2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class 2012 BMW 3-Series
Invoice $32,364 $32,110
15/31 17/34
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Bottom Line With a new base four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes even more sense for value-conscious (yet image-conscious) luxury shoppers. Read Full Review The 2012 BMW 3-Series delivers the class-leading sport-sedan performance and handling enthusiasts have come to expect, yet it makes substantial improvements in fuel-efficiency, active safety, and connectivity. Read Full Review
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  • Quiet, refined feel
  • Strong engine lineup
  • Great handling (Sport and C63)
  • Fuel-efficient new C250


  • Tight back seat
  • Numb steering
  • Unremarkable base interior trims


  • Poise and handling
  • Strong, economical engines
  • Quick-shifting 8-speed automatic
  • Electric power steering, done right
  • Excellent brakes


  • 328’s four-cylinder sounds
  • BMW Apps is iPhone-only
  • Some cabin-trim combos look busy
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